Author: Chris Quinton
Publisher: Manifold Press
Cover Artist: Fiona Pickles
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/01/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Jubal, the last Carlyle, lives the full width of the continent away from his Abenaki ancestors until a letter from a lawyer draws him and best friend Sal to the suffering town of Whitewater, Vermont – where dark forces, unleashed by one man’s obsession, bring depression and hopelessness to the people. Jubal’s father was unable to drive back the incursion, but Jubal knows he must try; without knowledge or training he has only instinct to rely on – and Sal, who is rapidly becoming far more than a ‘friend with benefits’. The dangers they face are insidious, and their lives and sanity are at risk – and so much more!
Chris Quinton’s re-release of Carlyle’s Crossing brings us as a delicious paranormal story filled with mystery, danger and intrigue.
Jubal Carlyle talks to ghosts, he always has, it doesn’t bother him, it’s just a part of who he is. When his life is saved by a ghostly voice he doesn’t think it could get any stranger but it turns out he’s being watched, his apartments resident ghost Ezra lets him in on that unpleasant detail. Add in an intransigent ghost who demands he goes home, coupled with a lawyer requesting his presence together with a basket left by his mother, and Jubal finds himself on a journey back to his past. He finds his family’s home town of Whitewater a creepy depressing town filled with misery. Jubal, it turns out has more than just a gift; he’s a pivotal player in an age old conflict. Whitewater is haunted by evil and sadness, manifested by an old man’s grief, and it seems only Jubal can stop it, if he can figure out how.
He is untrained, with only Sal, his best friend and longtime casual lover, and a spirit guide by his side, but he has to be enough or the darkness will spread beyond Whitewater.
Chris Quinton is not the most prolific of authors but with her books you know quality rules over quantity, she never fails to produce wonderful stories and Carlyle’s Crossing is no exception. The story is epic and dark, full of danger, intrigue and mystery. The writing is steady and descriptive, it flowed smoothly drawing me in. the plot is complex but easy to follow, as the story progresses it layers bit by bit, I was enticed by tales of ghosts and legends and feuds, old and new. To say I was captivated by the story is an understatement.
Jubal and Sal are both likeable characters, strong, kind and honorable they both want to do the best for each other, and the people around them. Jubal comes over as confused at first, completely out of his depth, he has enough strangeness in his life already he doesn’t need any more, plus he’s built a good life for himself in Washington. The last thing he ever imagined is a bequest that leaves him with money and land in Vermont, especially land haunted by evil spirits. The only thing that keeps him grounded is Sal’s presence.
Sal was my favorite though, he’s loyal, sweet and a bit cheeky, it’s quite obvious from the very beginning that he’s in love with Jubal, and will follow him anywhere, even into the darkness. I loved how their relationship progressed during the story and how Sal had his own place in Jubal’s destiny. Highly Recommended.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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